Minnesota launches COVID-19 home saliva test pilot program

Saliva testing is now available for at-home testing in some Minnesota locations. Saliva testing is now available for at-home testing in some Minnesota locations. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

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Created: October 22, 2020 03:44 PM

Minnesota health officials announced a new at-home saliva test pilot program Thursday that will allow residents in two dozen counties or tribal nations to test themselves for COVID-19.

Northland locations that are part of the program include Aitkin, Beltrami, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, and Pine counties, as well as the Red Lake Nation. People in those locations can order a test kit by visiting testathome.web.health.state.mn.us.

People participating in the at-home tests will need to perform the test, which involves spitting into a small tube, under the supervision of a health care professional through a video telehealth visit.

The Minnesota Department of Health said it chose the locations for the pilot program based on their distance from ongoing saliva testing sites, such as the one at the DECC in Duluth, and where community testing events have been limited.

The state reported more than 1,500 new cases of the coronavirus and 20 new deaths. The updated numbers Thursday bring the state's totals to more than 128,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began and put the state over 2,300 deaths.

Neighboring states continue to outpace Minnesota in case growth, with Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota among the top states in new cases per capita over the past two weeks.

LINK: COVID-19 Test at Home program


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